Increasing cases of flu this season

A syringe contains the flu vaccine at Tri City Health Partnership a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured

A toddler in Lucas County has died from complications of the flu this week, becoming the second child to die from pediatric flu this season.

Twenty cases of both A and B strains of the flu have so far been reported to the Brant County Health Unit.

For example, Fairfield Medical Center has seen 91 flu cases since October 1, 2017, with 11 of them coming this month.

De Lota also attributed the spike in positive flu cases in Hays County to the overall growth in the area.

"Yes", she said. "We're seeing a significant increase in patients and outpatients with flu-related illnesses".

Getting a flu shot is the best preventative measure and it's never too late, Scherzer added. That compares to 13 at the same time previous year.

"There's still time for every person who's six months of age or older in Los Angeles County to still receive the flu vaccine, but time is short and we hope you get vaccinated soon if you haven't", he said.




Canada's chief public health officer says it's possible that this year's flu vaccine may have limited effectiveness against a particularly severe strain of influenza A that appears to be dominant throughout Canada.

We also reached out to the health departments in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain and Warren counties. The department also advises people to get their flu shots now.

The CDC has only one chance to get the vaccine right, Harding said, meaning it can not offer another one halfway through the flu season. "You've got the body aches, the chills, the cough and the fever".

He said he recommends the three C's for prevention: Cover your cough, clean your hands and contain it - meaning people should stay home when they are sick.

The first Swine Flu death this month was reported on January 4.

"We ask that people educate themselves regarding when to come to the emergency room and when to stay home", Rohler said.

It's not clear yet how effective this year's flu vaccine will be, as federal data on that won't be available till February. It's even more important for patients to see a doctor if they have a chronic medical condition like diabetes or heart disease or if they are young or elderly.

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